I hope you are having a great day today. We are just sitting here today in one of the classrooms here at Campbell Chapel Church in Ironton, Ohio, just thinking about how great God has been. This is a wonderful time of the year around Thanksgiving and Christmastime. God has blessed us tremendously to be able to help so many families through the Thanksgiving season. He has provided means, ways and ability that we did not have and we want to thank Him for that. There are so many children that we were able to feed through the Holidays. There are so many families that have special needs that God has blessed us to be able to help and we thank Him for that. To be able to share the gospel message of Jesus Christ is the greatest thing that He is allowing us to do here. He continually opens up doors for us to be able to share the good news of the gospel and we want to praise Him for that.
Last night (12-06-14) we were able to be down at the city building in Ironton, Ohio. The choir was able to sing down there. We sang for an hour down there. It was an awesome time. The presence of God was there in such a great way. The choir did an outstanding job. We had some special singing from folks here in the church. Our youth group sang a couple of songs. It was just a wonderful night of worship and praise. Again, it was just another door that God has opened for us and we want to thank Him for that.
We want to thank all of you who are helping with our Backpack Buddies program. We have, as we speak, 215 kids that we feed each weekend now. We thank God for that blessing to be able to do that. We also thank God for all of you who are helping us and supporting that ministry to be able to make it possible for us to do that. Again, we just praise the Lord for that.
As we get closer to Christmas; I want you to keep in mind something. It is great to think about presents under the tree. It is great to think about all of the events that goes along with Christmas, the excitement about shopping, getting, going and doing. However, let’s don’t forget that the main focus of this season should be our recognition that our Savior was born one day. He was born of a virgin, in a little town called Bethlehem, a place that God has fore ordained many years before Christ came that He would be born in Bethlehem, that He would be born of a virgin. That is exactly what He did. He came to planet earth and took on the body of flesh that He could be acquainted to us that He could be our redeemer. He had to be acquainted with those, to be a redeemer in ancient Israel. If you wanted to redeem property or a person then you had to be a near kinsmen. I’m glad that Jesus Christ came. He took on a body of flesh just like you and I have. He became acquainted with us in all the temptations and trials that we go through in life; He faced them all yet He never sinned. He was able to overcome the temptation and continually, while He was here, live a sinless life. He could do that only because He was the Son of God. Not only that but also, one day just outside the city of Jerusalem, He laid down His life freely so that you and I could be redeemed. We could be saved. Our sins could be forgiven. We could have eternal life. He paid a price for us that we could not pay. Let’s don’t ever forget that. That is the most important thing in life is that we receive Jesus Christ as our Savior. That is the most important decision that we will ever make is what we do with Jesus Christ.
It is my prayer today, all of you that are listening, that before this day comes to an end you will find Jesus as your Savior. He is there. He is real. He is not somewhere way out in outer darkness where you cannot find Him. He is here. He is real. The very image, the very person of God the Father is expressed or made known, or revealed in the person of Jesus Christ. All that you need to know about God the Father and all that you need to know about life, all that you need to know about heaven and hell, all that you need know about any situation in life we can find in Jesus Christ today. I hope and pray today that you will repent of your sins and make things right with Him before it is ever lasting too late.
Again, we love you. We thank you for all that you do. We thank you for the many who prays for us and the many that we hear from time to time who prays, helps, supports in any way you do; we want to thank you for that.
Again, continue to pray for us here that God will continue to open doors for us that we can continue to spread the gospel message of Jesus Christ to a lost and dying world.
We love and thank you. We praise the Lord today for you guys.
Continue to pray for us and we will be praying for you until the next time.
Bob Bradley, Pastor
Bob Bradley, Pastor
Bob Bradley, Pastor Ironton, OH 45638
Bob Bradley, Pastor
Ironton, OH 45638